October 4, 2019

In the ancient year 325, the Roman Emperor Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea, a meeting of the primary Christian leaders (bishops).  At that meeting, the Nicene Creed was formulated.  Constantine wanted unity in his empire, including unity in his favored relig...

August 28, 2019

September 2 is Labor Day, a federal holiday.  Most Americans look forward to Labor Day because it means a three day weekend off from work.

"Do not take advantage of a hired worker who is poor and needy, whether that worker is a fellow Israelite or a foreigner resid...

August 6, 2019

I was born and raised in south Texas.  I grew up around firearms, which were primarily used for hunting.

As soon as I graduated from high school, I joined the Army.  Some people tend to think that military service members walk around carrying firearms and have them 24/7...

July 29, 2019

Racism is the belief in the superiority of one race over another.  Racist hate crimes have increased steadily the past several years.  This is troubling, especially considering the history of our country.  The treatment of Native American Indians in the 1800s was based...

July 12, 2019

Friends,

I'm on a personal retreat for a few days in the wilderness of mountainous woods, so no post this week.  In case you are interested, I'm reading "Renewal in the Wilderness:  A Spiritual Guide to Connecting with God in the Natural World," by John Lionberger.  I'm...

July 4, 2019

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"

Written by Emma Lazarus, those are the words inscribed on the...

June 26, 2019

Ever since I was old enough to run, I have enjoyed playing sports and watching sports.  Being born and raised in south Texas, football was the most popular sport, followed by baseball, both of which I liked playing.  At my age, playing those sports is in the rear view...

June 19, 2019

Fairfield Glade Community Church hosted a Women's Ecumenical Luncheon on June 12.  Women from four other churches in Fairfield Glade attended.  The Keynote Speaker was Bri Payne, Executive Director of the John Knox Center in Tennessee.  The title of her presentation wa...

June 11, 2019

In the Gospel of Luke, we read a parable from Jesus that emphasizes "an honest and good heart" (Luke 8:15).  Clearly Jesus demonstrated honesty in his life and teachings.

Benjamin Franklin said "honesty is the best policy."  William Shakespeare said, "no legacy is so ri...

June 10, 2019

Yesterday, the Hospice of Cumberland County had a Butterfly Release.  What a beautiful way to remember and honor our loved ones who passed in the care of our local hospice.  I'm so grateful for the hospice house.  Peace be with you.

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